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IRFU Concussion Reporting Letter

Dear All

As we have received a number of queries about concussion in the AIL I am emailing to outline the process by which concussions are reported to the IRFU (via the referees) and to provide each club with all the information they need to clear a player from a suspected concussion that has been reported to us.

Please ensure that this email is forwarded to all doctors and physios who work with your AIL team (men’s and women’s teams), especially on match days.

Please note that players who suffer from a suspected concussion should be removed from the field of play and must not return that day. Please see www.irishrugby.ie/concussion for information on recognising and managing concussion and for return to play guidelines.

All concussions should be reported by the team physio or doctor via the IRFU Injury reporting system (https://www.irishrugby.ie/playing-the-game/medical/injury-reporting/). This is a separate system to the referees reporting. 

Please find attached:

  • The process for reporting concussions in the AIL
  • The letter that you will receive (by email) when a referee reports that a member of your AIL team was removed with suspected concussion. This letter outlines how this player can be cleared to play if your medics believe that he/she did not suffer from a concussion.

The referee reporting system and the appeal system apply only to All-Ireland League matches and not to other competitions.

Kind regards 

Mairéad Liston

New Club Sponsor: LK Shields

We are delighted to announce LK Shields Solicitors as our main club sponsor.

We will formally announce this new and exciting sponsorship in the coming days, but we would first and foremost like to inform you our members.

Established in 1988 and with offices in Dublin, Galway and London, LK Shields Solicitors has over 100 legal professional staff and are one of Ireland’s leading corporate and commercial law firms.

They opened their offices in Dockgate on Dock Road in late 2018 and from here they service national and international companies located in the western region.

LK Shields have agreed to become the main sponsor of Galwegians RFC for an initial 5-year period.

Our particular thanks to Chairman of LK Shields and Galway native Michael Kavanagh, and we would like to warmly welcome them on board.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our main sponsor of recent years, Cold Chon, for their loyal support of Galwegians.

Message from IRFU President, Nicky Comyn

Nicky Comyn

On my own behalf and on behalf of the IRFU, I extend my best wishes to Galwegians RFC  for the 2019-20 season and hope it is a successful one.   

The start of this season heralds the staging of the Rugby World Cup in Japan and I know you join with me in wishing every success to coach, Joe Schmidt, and his management team, together with the Ireland playing squad.   

This Rugby World Cup year creates a very busy season, taking account of Ireland’s women 15s team; the under 20s; men’s and women’s sectors; the fortunes of our provincial clubs in the Guinness Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup and also the myriad club, women’s, third level and schools competitions through the grass roots landscapes. 

While by its nature the professional game takes precedence on the International stage, the welfare of the domestic amateur game is of paramount importance to me and to the IRFU.  

Having been chairman of the AIL and Third Level, I am acutely aware of the position of clubs and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the committed and critical role being played by our huge number of volunteers, who make it all happen.   

I greatly welcome the IRFU’s signing of a five year partnership with Energia, which sees the electricity and gas supply company become the official energy partner to Irish rugby and also title sponsor of both the men’s and women’s All Ireland League competitions. 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the AIL and the support being demonstrated by Energia is timely. It will hopefully give a lift to all clubs in the AIL, both men and women. 

I appreciate the struggles of some clubs at all levels and hope this season 2019-20 will be a special one.  I wish your club, its members, volunteers, players and supporters every success and enjoyment for the rugby year.

Nicky Comyn, President IRFU.

Message from AIL Sponsor, Energia

We at Energia are extremely proud to have further strengthened our commitment to Irish rugby by becoming the Official Energy Partner to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and title sponsor of the Energia All-Ireland Leagues (AIL). Through our five-year partnership, we are committed to supporting rugby at all levels through the teams, clubs and competitions the breadth of the nation. 

Energia understands the value of the AIL and the importance of fostering and nurturing Irish rugby clubs so that collectively we can continue to build world-class international teams. We look forward to working closely with the IRFU over the coming years to help facilitate the future development of rugby in communities up and down the country through our new campaign #PositiveEnergy.

Through the #PositiveEnergy campaign, we will be offering tools and supports to help Irish rugby clubs reach their sustainability goals. For so many players and fans, the journey and passion begins at their local club and Energia wants to ensure the future of these clubs. If we can help them to become sustainable, the clubs can re-invest in grassroots, ultimately developing the next generation of players, coaches and volunteers.  

This is an exciting time for Energia.  We are passionate about investing positive energy in rugby, from grassroots level with the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, to provincial level as the Official Energy Partner of Leinster Rugby and our stadium at Energia Park, all the way to the highest level of the Irish Men’s and Women’s teams.

On behalf of Energia, I would like to wish all club and international teams the very best of luck for the upcoming season. 

Gary Ryan, Managing Director, Energia Customer Solutions

Morgan Codyre Q&A

Morgan Codyre at Out Half for Galwegians Firsts

When did you first start playing rugby?

I joined Na Bairneachai for a year when I was 9, then took a break for a few years.

When did you join Galwegians?

I was 13.

Why did you join Wegians?

My uncle, Tim had played here. A lot of my school friends were up here too.

What are you Career Highlights to date?

Winning the Connacht Schools Senior Cup with the Jes in 2016 was pretty special. Getting a couple of caps for the Connacht Eagles while I was in the sub-academy was cool too.

Were you always a 10?

Not always. I was quite small when I was younger, so I played mostly at scrum-half until I was around 16. I haven’t strayed from out-half too often since then.

Your Favourite Player or Role Model You Look Up to?

I couldn’t name one person in particular. A few coaches and teammates have had a big impact on my playing and coaching.

What does your CCRO role involve?

CCRO is Connacht Community Rugby Officer. I’m a support coach for the youth academy, so I’d be in Glenina each evening and at the weekends helping different coaches and age groups. I also work with the underage Connacht squads throughout the year.

What are your career plans?

For now, I have my eyes set on coaching professionally. I’m studying sports science, though, so I’ll probably end up unemployed!

Your goals and ambitions for this season and beyond?

After missing the last year through injury, my main goal is to get back on the pitch and hopefully get a good run of games. If we can consolidate our position in AIL 2B this year, then we can start to build towards climbing back up the divisions over the next few seasons.

Andrew Browne Q&A

Q. Age you started playing rugby?

A. I started with Galwegians’ U8’s, but i didn’t keep it up and stopped playing at the end of the season. I only went back playing rugby when I was in 6thyear in the Bish.

Q. First Year in Wegians Seniors?

A. My first year with the Wegians Seniors was the 2005/06 season, where I played a couple of games towards the end of the season. 

Q. Connacht Career start & end?

A. Played my first game in a pre-season friendly at the start of the 2006/07 season. I finished with Connacht at the end of the 2017/18 season. 

Q. No. of caps?

A. 156

Q. Career Highlights?

A. Definitely winning the Pro12 in 2016! Everything else is a distant second. 

Q. Best Coach Ever Played Under?

A. I played under a number of excellent coaches during my time, including Michael Bradley, Eric Elwood, Dan McFarland and Pat Lam. However, I found Jimmy Duffy (Connacht Forwards Coach) to be the best. 

Q. Best Teammate?

A. Again, I’ve played with a huge amount of excellent players. For sheer presence, toughness and work ethic, it has to be John Muldoon. 

Q. Toughest opponent?

Leone Nakarawa

Q. Greatest Influence on Your Career?

A. My older brother Damian. Not just for my rugby career, but also for the high standards which he sets in general day to day life

Q. Coaching Career to Date …

A. Connacht: Position specific workshops with underage teams. U17 Academy (short term). Galwegians defence coach 2018/19. Galwegians Head coach 2019/20.

Q. Ambitions for Wegians Seniors this Year?

A. Ambitions are to consolidate our position for the year. Having had 4 bad years, it’s about stopping the slide. I think it’s important to be realistic about this. We also need to work with the other teams throughout the club to create a positive and encouraging environment, where people are excited to come in to. 

Q. Personal Career? 

A. Outside of rugby I’m going back to NUIG to do a Masters in Education. Having completed my degree in Economics and Geography a few years ago, I believe this is the right direction for me at this time. Teaching and coaching also compliment each other very well so it will only help develop each aspect. Long term I would like to see myself pursuing coaching at a higher level. Staying involved in the game with Wegians during my time in college will be hugely beneficial.

Update on Oranswell Development

Last Wednesday 24th July we had a very encouraging steady flow of people attending our Information Evening at Glenlo Abbey Hotel to see first-hand the detail in our planning application.

For those of you who were unable to attend last week, the drawings of our Site Plan and new Clubhouse layout are available to view in the “TV” Room at Crowley Park.

The Planning & Development Committee urge all members to take the time to view these plans, and particularly on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm to 8:15pm, where our senior players continue their pre-season training.

Please see a letter from the Planning & Development Committee and an overview site plan attached below.

New Oranswell facility Information Evening, Wed July 24th

Dear Members

We are at an advanced stage in our planning preparation for our proposed new facility at Oranswell in Galway.

On the 24th July, from 4pm to 7pm at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, we have arranged an Information Evening to give all members the opportunity to view our plans and engage with the professionals appointed to prepare our planning application.

Last evening, 9th July, we visited the residents, door to door, in Oranswell introducing ourselves and listening to any concerns they may have had with our proposed facility.

We used this opportunity to invite them, if they so wished, to also come along to our Information Evening in order to get a better understanding of this project. (see letter below).

The Galwegians Board of Directors would encourage as many of our members as possible to attend this event.

Kind Regards,
Niall Beatty
Director of Development

Youth Academy Awards 2018-19

Galwegians is proud to congratulate the Youth Academy on another fantastic season. Thanks to all the coaches and supporters for their efforts and support. The ethos of rugby is to put the enjoyment and values of the game first, but it is also important to celebrate our achievements so congratulations to our squad award winners and the players who earned representative honours.

Squad Awards

  • U13 Black Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Alex Bleahen
    • Players Player of the Year: Rory Gavin
    • Player of the Year: Dara Counihan
  • U13 Blue Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Colm Marnell
    • Players Player of the Year: Conor Gibbs
    • Player of the Year: Luca Danjou
  • U14 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Anna Keady
    • Players Player of the Year: Caitlin O’Hara
    • Player of the Year: Rebecca Hastings
  • U14 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Fionn O’Rourke
    • Players Player of the Year: Jamie Cunningham
    • Player of the Year: Iarla Collins
  • U15 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Eoghan Harlowe
    • Players Player of the Year: Colin Counihan
    • Player of the Year: Aidan Crowe
  • U16 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Holly Taylor
    • Players Player of the Year: Sinead Black
    • Player of the Year: Rosa O’Connor
  • U16 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Jack Kennedy
    • Players Player of the Year: Andrew Sherlock
    • Player of the Year: Kieran Park
  • U17 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: Benjamin Hynes
    • Players Player of the Year: Daragh Kennedy
    • Player of the Year: Tadhg Melville
  • U18 Girls
    • Most Improved Player: Laura Hastings
    • Players Player of the Year: Ruby Lynch
    • Player of the Year: Ellen Greally
  • U18 Boys
    • Most Improved Player: James Reynolds
    • Players Player of the Year: Liam Smyth
    • Player of the Year: Tomas Gillanders

Recognition of Achievements

  • International Cap, U18 Clubs v Italy: Conor O’Shaughnessy
  • Interprovincial U18 Winners: Conor O’Shaughnessy, Jack Power, Edward Skekete
  • Interprovincial Call Up U17: Millar Yule, Garvin Surlis, Edward Shekete, Darragh Kennedy, Joe Agbo, Gary Lally, Zak Rather, Darragh Creighton, Andrew Sherlock
  • Interprovincial Call Up U16: Nicky Pfeiffer, Dylan Keane, Mark O’Connor, Andrew Sherlock, Patrick Nash

Galwegians announce Andrew Browne as Head Coach for 2019/20

Galwegians RFC have just announced the appointment of former Connacht Player Andrew Browne as their new head coach for upcoming 2019/20 season.

Andrew comes with huge experience from his time with Connacht and is being joined by current Connacht player Tiernan O’Halloran, who will take on the role as assistant coach.

Current Strength & Conditioning coach Jarlath Naughton will complete the coaching ticket.

The city based club have gone through a turbulent few years, but are excited at the appointment of the new coaching team and, according to Club President Michael Tarpey, are looking forward to what the future holds “We are delighted to have Andrew on board as our coach, particularly as he was a former player here and has strong family connections with the club. The addition of Tiernan O’Halloran is also a massive coup for us and we really feel that this can be the beginning of a successful period in our club”.

Andrew Browne said, “I am really excited to be taking up this new role as head coach with Galwegians RFC and am relishing the Challenge that the position brings. Galwegians has a proud history and Im looking forward to being part of its future and developing as a coach myself. Joining me will be current Connacht player Tiernan O’Halloran and former Galwegian stalwart Jarlath Naughton, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a desire to succeed and bring the club on to the next level.”

Galwegians RFC can also confirm that outgoing Senior Coach Brian McClearn will be taking over the helm with their U20s next season. Sincere thanks to Brian for all his efforts over a very difficult three years and the club is delighted to see him remaining involved in the club. 

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